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Sony locks accounts after new hack attack

(Xinhua)

15:22, October 13, 2011

BEIJING, Oct. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Sony froze about 93,000 user accounts of its online gaming service PlayStation Network and other entertainment services after finding new unauthorized log-in attempts, according to media reports Thursday.

Hackers attempted to log in to Sony's networks between Oct. 7 and Oct. 10, said Sony, the world’s second-largest maker of video-game machines, in a statement Wednesday.

"We believe very few accounts were actually accessed,” said Satoshi Fukuoka, a spokesman for Sony. And any credit card or sensitive information were not stolen.

The intruders probably used passwords and user names that were set for other companies’ services, stated Sony.

The company has emailed users of suspended accounts, asking them to change passwords.

This attack followed a large data breach that began in April and compromised more than 100 million users of PlayStation Network, Sony Entertainment Network and other online services.

The PlayStation Network allows users to download video games onto Sony game consoles, while the Sony Entertainment Network offers music and movies for a range of Sony products.

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